St Lucia – September 28-October 5, 2019

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Join Drew Gerling and the Tootsie Pop Divers to St Lucia!

Location, location, location! This is the fundamental attraction ANSE CHASTANET resort has for traveling divers. It is in the heart of St.Lucia’s very best diving: the entire region surrounding ANSE CHASTANET is vested into an award winning marine reserve (SMMA) which has been established since 1995 to protect the pristine beauty of St.Lucia’s coral reefs.

The Diving

The Anse Chastanet reef starts just 10 yards beyond the water’s edge. The reef’s remarkable ecosystem offers an amazing profusion of unusual tropical marine life, in 20 to 140 feet of calm, clear water. Anse Chastanet Reef which is home to more than 150 different species of fish makes for an amazing dive day or night. In the shallow areas be sure to keep your eyes open for peacock flounders, octopus, needle fish and turtles. Or drop down a little deeper over dense coral growth to see puffers, moray eels, parrot fish, lobsters and even sea horses. A unique dive site for all abilities and especially good for macro photography

st luciaThe shore dive is a required “first” dive for dive guests. It allows divers to feel ensured that all equipment is functioning properly, that their buoyancy skills are adequate for entering the marine reserve and to provide an orientation to the type of diving for which St Lucia is known. This reef is a favorite of most professional underwater photographers and videographers who visit Anse Chastanet.

The boat dives should also not be missed – dramatic walls beneath the majestic Piton Mountains, Superman’s flight, a drift dive in the shadow of the Petit Piton, Coral Gardens and Jalousie under the Gros Piton, Piton Wall, the wreck of the “Lesleen M”, Anse La Raye and Anse Cochon. Closer to home for the afternoon boat trips but no less spectacular sites, the diver can explore Fairyland, Turtle Reef, Grand Caille, Trou Diable, the Pinnacles and much more…

Night dives are offered at least twice weekly on Anse Chastanet’s Reef, which really “wakes up” at night, with many interesting crustaceans on the move, large basket stars, sleeping parrot fish, octopus and squid, bioluminescence and the “THING”.

Dining

Some of the best dining in Soufriere and St. Lucia can be found at Anse Chastanet. An enticing selection of menus is available in a number of intimate hillside and beachside locations and also, you can pre-book private dining arrangements at the water’s edge on Anse Chastanet beach or in our spa cottage Kai Mer overlooking the Caribbean. Whether you fancy fine tropical Caribbean Cuisine, exotic Creole flavors, or simple grilled fare, you will find it available and more. Our culinary options also include our St.Lucia-Indian menu titled Apsara, a wholly vegetarian restaurant called Emerald’s and last but not least our Jungle Grill for day time laid back dining on our second beach Anse Mamin. And of course, all of our kitchen receive organic produce from our resort farm Emerald’s in the Soufriere hills.

Rooms

Anse Chastanet’s Superior rooms are located at various levels on the hillside and they are octagonal or rectangular in shape.

The superior rooms have either coralina tiles, clay tiles or tropical hardwood floors, glass or wooden louvered windows, balconies and beautiful views of the Pitons and/or the Caribbean Sea. Average size: 400 sq ft

All rooms have kingsize beds, ensuite bathrooms with sink, shower and toilet. Upon request, extra bed or twin beds can be provided.

In room amenities include fridge, tea/coffee/espresso makers, in-room electronic safes, hand made bathrobes, slippers, hair dryer, Molton Brown amenities, free WiFi, twice daily housekeeping service with complimentary bottled water

Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $300 deposit.

st luciaTrip Sign up Form

Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $2250
  • Double Occupancy Non Diver: $1950
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $3350
  • Nitrox  – $75 for the week

Room upgrade option – Beachfront Deluxe room with AC is $455/pp double occupancy (limited availability)

Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights Superior accommodations at Anse Chastanet
  • Round trip ground transfers
  • Taxes & service fees
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 3 meals daily
  • Non alcoholic beverages
  • Afternoon tea / snacks
  • (12) tank morning boat dives
  • Scheduled shore diving
  • (2) night dives
  • Managers cocktail party
  • WiFi
  • Mini-sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Snorkeling
  • Tennis courts
  • Sunrise & sunset Yoga
  • Guided tour of the Old French colonial plantation

Not Included:

  • Airfare
  • Snacks
  • Drinks (alcohol)
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by July 15, 2019. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

 

Cayman Brac (Women’s Trip) – November 2-9, 2019

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Calling all women!  Join Jamie Sledd and Jolene cayman bracPhilbrook to Cayman Brac!

Come enjoy the white sand beaches of the all-inclusive Cayman Brac Beach Resort.  Along with plenty of diving and snorkeling options, the island offer excellent bird watching, hiking, cave tours, and deep sea fishing.  The resort will keep the group hopping with karaoke, Bingo night, BBQ night, and outdoor movie night.  Consider furthering your scuba education by taking the PADI Advanced Open Water certification or various specialty classes from your trip leader Drew while in this ideal warm environment.

The Diving

tibbetsCayman Brac is the site of one of the world’s best wreck dives, the Russian Missile Frigate #356, renamed the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts. Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Nassau Groupers, Moray Eels, Stingrays, Horse-Eye Jacks, Barracuda, Flying Gurnards and more!

  •  100 different hard and soft corals and over 500 types of fish.
  • Cayman Brac Beach Resort diving affords near unlimited visibility, usually 100 to 150 feet, with little or no current.
  • The Warm water at Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a joy. Temperatures average 82° to 86°.
  • Trips to Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park are offered during the week, but are weather dependent.

Divers don’t have to lug gear every day from their rooms. Upon checking in, divers receive a Reef Divers bag for the duration of their stay. They put their gear in the bag, place it outside their door the first morning, and our dive staff will take it to the boat and set it up. The dive staff on-board changes the divers’ tanks after every dive. At day’s end divers take their wetsuits, diveskins and masks to the storage area to dry and their photo/video gear to their rooms. All of the divers gear on-board will be rinsed with fresh clean water after each diving day.

Dining

Buffet Style

The Palms Caribbean Restaurant tempts you with the taste of the tropics as well as serving American and continental cuisines.

Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m., lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and dinner 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Beach Casual

The Tipsy Turtle Pub is a poolside bar overlooking the beach, specializing in refreshing tropical drinks, and is the gathering place for guests before and after meals.

The bar opens at 12 noon and closes at 1 a.m., Monday through Friday; closing at midnight on Saturday. Sunday hours 12 noon until midnight.

The bar also offers a great menu of food including delicious burgers, fries and salads. Food is served at the bar daily between 12 noon and 9 p.m.

If you have special dietary needs, every effort will be made to accommodate those needs.

Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $300 deposit.

cayman bracTrip Sign up Form

Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $2875
  • Double Occupancy Non Diver: $2625
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $3250

Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights beach view accommodations at Cayman Brac Beach Resort
  • Round trip AirfareCayman Brac
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Welcome rum punch
  • 3 meals daily
  • (6) 2 tank morning boat dives
  • Resort fees & taxes
  • Bonus Nitrox upgrade (if certified)
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Manager’s cocktail reception
  • Complimentary use of dive computers (dive computers are required)
  • All room include A/C, cable TV, hair dryers, phones, irons, a patio or balcony, fans, and coffee set-ups
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fitness center
  • Onsite spa for hire

Not Included:

  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by August 20, 2019. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Cozumel – January 18-25, 2020

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Kick off your new year doing what you love! Join Ryan Sebesta and Erik Payeur for our annual adventure to Cozumel! This destination is the biggest bang for your buck in the Caribbean! From topside to bottom-side, it’s hard to beat the Cozumel experience!

Cozumel has been a favorite Caribbean dive destination for years! Known for its relaxing drift diving and consistently clear water – Cozumel offers world class snorkeling and diving no matter your level of experience.

Cozumel waters are loaded with turtles, stingrays, eagle rays, moray eels, nurse sharks, and various species of reef fish. Night diving is incredible whether you dive from boat or shore. Lobster, crab, octopus, and reef squid are just a few types of marine life you can expect to see.

This is a perfect location to further your dive education. Choose from a number of continued education classes such as Drift Diver, Night Diver, Deep Diver, Boat Diver, etc. that will be offered by your trip leaders.

We will be staying at Hotel Cozumel. This beautiful hotel is located on the water just
one mile south of downtown. It features restaurant, bar, dive shop, and pool as well as hammocks overlooking the water to relax in after a day of diving.

For those divers who can’t get enough of Cozumel’s undersea life, unlimited shore diving is always available just a few steps away from your room. Lockers are located next to the water for convenient gear storage.

You’ll be picked up daily at the dock and transported to some of the world’s most spectacular reefs and fish life. After a day of diving, you’ll be able to trade experiences with other divers while relaxing by the pool or on the hammocks located on the water.

A Day In Cozumel Video – click here

Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $300 deposit.

Trip Sign up Form

Trip includes:

  • Round trip airfare from Minneapolis
  • Hotel taxes/airport transfers
  • Hotel fees & gratuities
  • 7 nights at Hotel Cozumel – Standard Pool View Room
  • 1 hour welcome cocktail party at Beach Club
  • Farewell dinner
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Snacks & domestic drinks
  • 5 days of two-tank boat dives
  • 3 one-tank afternoon dives
  • 1 night dive
  • 5 days of unlimited shore diving
  • Hotel provided group photo
  • Tanks & weights
  • Scuba tune-up at Aquaventure pool
  • Aquaventure snorkel lesson for non-divers
  • Pre-trip meeting and post-trip party

Diver rate (double occupancy) is $1995Cozumel octopus

Non-diver rate (double occupancy) is $1425

Single (occupancy) diver rate is $2250

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by November 10, 2019. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Belize February 8-15, 2020

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Belize February 8-15, 2020

Join Steve Philbrook on this adventure to Belize!  We will be staying at the beautiful new Belize Dive Havem Resort!

Belize Dive Haven is located in the pristine Turneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometers off shore from Belize City. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands and cayes. It is home to over 500 species of fish, 65 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees and dolphins.

Belize Dive Haven is located on 47-acres of breathtakingly beautiful and private land within the Tuneffe Atoll. Nestled between palm trees and the Caribbean Sea, we provide the perfect getaway for couples, individuals or groups.

Diving

Turneffe Atoll was designated a marine reserve in 2012 and is considered to have the best resort-based diving in all of Belize. The shallower reefs provide the perfect dive spot for novices, while the nearby Great Blue Hole is the perfect scuba location for experienced divers.

There are countless dive locations in and around the atoll and we can tailor your diving adventures to your expertise level and preference. Belize dive Haven is centrally located to the best sites in Belize.

Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere with an area that stretches about 300 kilometres. The reef is a UNESCO heritage site and it’s the second largest reef system in the world with its seven sites (Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, South Water Caye, Glovers Reef, Laughing Bird Caye and Sapodilla Cayes) showcasing how a reef develops.

The reef is home to numerous threatened species, such as the West Indian manatee, the green turtle, the hawksbill turtle, the loggerhead turtle and the American crocodile. The largest West Indian manatee population in the world lives in the area with numbers of between 300 to 700.

You’ll be exposed to all kinds of plant life with the reef boasting 178 types of plants that grow on land and 247 types of plants that grow in the water. During your ocean explorations, you have the chance to see over 500 types of fish, 65 marine corals, along with many different kinds of sponges, crustaceans and molluscs.

The reef stands out thanks to its untouched, pure condition and large size. It also has unique features including many different reef types in one area, atolls and mangrove cays located away from the shore.

Pricing:
  • Double Diver $2850
  • Double Nondiver $2475
  • Single Diver $3250
Trip Includes:
  • RT airfare
  • 7 nights oceanview accommodations
  • 17 boat dives
  • 3 meals daily
  • Round trip boat transfers from Belize City
  • Resort amenities and hotel taxes
  • Wifi

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final payment is due by November 25, 2019. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.

Cayman Brac – February 22-29, 2020

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Join instructor Mike Daust on this dive adventure to Cayman Brac!

Come enjoy the white sand beaches of the all-inclusive Cayman Brac Beach Resort.  Along with plenty of diving and snorkeling options, the island offer excellent bird watching, hiking, cave tours, and deep sea fishing.  The resort will keep the group hopping with karaoke, Bingo night, BBQ night, and outdoor movie night.  Consider furthering your scuba education by taking the PADI Advanced Open Water certification or various specialty classes from your trip leader Drew while in this ideal warm environment.

The Diving

tibbetsCayman Brac is the site of one of the world’s best wreck dives, the Russian Missile Frigate #356, renamed the MV Capt. Keith Tibbetts. Turtles, Spotted Eagle Rays, Reef Sharks, Nassau Groupers, Moray Eels, Stingrays, Horse-Eye Jacks, Barracuda, Flying Gurnards and more!

  •  100 different hard and soft corals and over 500 types of fish.
  • Cayman Brac Beach Resort diving affords near unlimited visibility, usually 100 to 150 feet, with little or no current.
  • The Warm water at Cayman Brac Beach Resort is a joy. Temperatures average 82° to 86°.
  • Trips to Bloody Bay Wall Marine Park are offered during the week, but are weather dependent.

Divers don’t have to lug gear every day from their rooms. Upon checking in, divers receive a Reef Divers bag for the duration of their stay. They put their gear in the bag, place it outside their door the first morning, and our dive staff will take it to the boat and set it up. The dive staff on-board changes the divers’ tanks after every dive. At day’s end divers take their wetsuits, diveskins and masks to the storage area to dry and their photo/video gear to their rooms. All of the divers gear on-board will be rinsed with fresh clean water after each diving day.

Dining

Buffet Style

The Palms Caribbean Restaurant tempts you with the taste of the tropics as well as serving American and continental cuisines.

Breakfast is served from 7 to 10 a.m., lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., and dinner 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Beach Casual

The Tipsy Turtle Pub is a poolside bar overlooking the beach, specializing in refreshing tropical drinks, and is the gathering place for guests before and after meals.

The bar opens at 12 noon and closes at 1 a.m., Monday through Friday; closing at midnight on Saturday. Sunday hours 12 noon until midnight.

The bar also offers a great menu of food including delicious burgers, fries and salads. Food is served at the bar daily between 12 noon and 9 p.m.

If you have special dietary needs, every effort will be made to accommodate those needs.

Want to sign up?

Please fill out the Trip Sign Up Form and send it in with your $300 deposit.

cayman bracTrip Sign up Form

Trip Pricing:

  • Double Occupancy Diver: $3025
  • Double Occupancy Non Diver: $2800
  • Single Occupancy Diver: $3450

Trip Includes:

  • 7 nights beach view accommodations at Cayman Brac Beach Resort
  • Round trip Airfare
  • Round trip airport transfers
  • Welcome rum punch
  • 3 meals daily
  • (6) 2 tank boat dives
  • Resort fees & taxes
  • Bonus Nitrox upgrade (if certified)
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Manager’s cocktail reception
  • Complimentary use of dive computers (dive computers are required)
  • All room include A/C, cable TV, hair dryers, phones, irons, a patio or balcony, fans, and coffee set-ups
  • Complimentary bicycles
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis courts
  • Beach volleyball
  • Fitness center
  • Onsite spa for hire

Not Included:

  • Drinks (alcohol and soda)
  • Passport
  • Airline baggage fees
  • Incidentals/personnel items
  • Travel/medical insurance

 

NOTE: $300 Non Refundable deposit holds your spot for this trip. Final trip payment is due by December 15, 2019. We strongly recommend travelers insurance, ask for details. Land/dive/air prices are payable by cash, check, or credit card and are quoted to reflect a 3% cash discount. If you wish to use a credit card, this 3% discount will not apply to the above quoted price. Airfare rates are based on early sign up, future rates are approximate, call for current price. Due to rising fuel costs, airlines have been imposing additional charges without notice, prices subject to change.